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17 Photos That Show Melbourne's Cultural Diversity

17 Photos That Show Melbourne's Cultural Diversity

Picture of Monique La Terra
Updated: 21 December 2017

Melbourne’s multicultural metropolis is home to people from approximately 200 countries, with 233 languages spoken and 116 religious faiths represented. In fact, over 66% of the population was born overseas. The following 17 photos illustrate Melbourne’s diverse cultural identity.

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Thai dancers from SILP Productions during the Victorian Multicultural Festival

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Irish participants marching in the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne. Shutterstock

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A part of the Melbourne Festival Indigenous program, Tanderrum celebrated the five clans of the Central Kulin Nation. Courtesy of Melbourne Festival | James Henry

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French performers during Paris to Provence 2017 at Como House in South Yarra. Courtesy of Paris To Provence

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Members of the Solomon Islands Victoria Association marching in the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne. Shutterstock

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Young Muslim women wearing Australian flag Hijabs in Melbourne during National Harmony Day. The celebration encourages the acceptance and appreciation of Australia’s multicultural society. Rex Features | Photo by Glenn Hunt/Epa/REX/Shutterstock (8259001b)

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People of all ages from the Hungarian community marching during the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne. Shutterstock

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Traditional folk dancing and music at Federation Square, during the annual Polish Festival. Shutterstock

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Celebrating diversity and harmony, the African Music and Cultural Festival is the largest annual African festival in Australia. Courtesy of African Music and Cultural Festival

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Chinese performers during Melbourne’s Moomba Parade. Established in 1955, Moomba is Australia’s largest free community festival and is held in celebration of Melbourne’s cultural heritage and diversity. Rex Features | Photo by Julian Smith/Epa/REX/Shutterstock (8258741a)

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Greek Australians at the Australia Day Parade, Melbourne 2014. Australia Day 2014 © Chris Phutully/WikiCommons

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Peruvian performers at the Victorian Multicultural Festival. Image courtesy of Jorge de Araujo via Victorian Multicultural Commission

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An Indigenous performer at the Melbourne Festival during the opening ceremony event Tanderrum. Courtesy of Melbourne Festival | Richie Hallal

Chinese New Year celebrations, Melbourne, Australia - 20 Feb 2015

In 2015, a 100-metre long illuminated dragon was installed in Melbourne to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Rex Features | Photo by Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock (4449573a)

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A Morava Serbian Dance group at the Victorian Multicultural Festival. Image courtesy of Jorge de Araujo via Victorian Multicultural Commission

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Music, dancing, and cultural performances are the focus of the African Music and Cultural Festival. Courtesy African Music and Cultural Festival

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Typical French attire at Paris To Provence 2017 at Como House in South Yarra. Courtesy of Paris To Provence